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Our team members

The MENTA team understand business. With first-hand experience of running successful businesses of their own, our team are driven by the desire to help you realise your full potential and succeed in your industry.

Alex Till

Chief Executive
As MENTA’s CEO, Alex has a passion for business. He is inspired by meeting entrepreneurial and creative people, and is driven to build on Suffolk and Norfolk's success and national recognition as a thriving area to live and work.

Jo Garden

Business Trainer
Enterprise and enterprising people are at the heart of Jo’s role at MENTA. Her knowledge and experience are not from a book or university degree, but from more than 20 years running her own businesses.

Pauline Prockter

Business Adviser
As a mentor, coach and business adviser, Pauline has helped high-performing businesses grow and achieve their ambitions with clarity and realism. She has worked across a variety of sectors in Government-funded initiatives.

Yvonne Martin

Business Centre Co-ordinator
Yvonne has a wealth of customer service experience. You will find her at our Bury St Edmunds business centre, where she brings passion for the delivery of excellent customer service, and is always welcoming and ready to help.

Paul Vella

Property Manager
Paul is based at our Haverhill business centre and is passionate about the future of business in the town. He is eager to play a part in ensuring the success stories of local businesses, providing advice that is practical and forward thinking.

John Clarke

Business Trainer
John is a professional, highly-experienced trainer, with 25 years’ experience in commercial banking. His relaxed presentation style proves popular with delegates who regularly comment on his wide-ranging knowledge.

Monica Bell

Business Project Manager
Monica is our lead business project manager, delivering support services as part of an advice and mentoring programme for start-ups. She strives to ensure aspiring business owners receive the tools to realise their goals and vision.

Rachel Lawrance

ERDF & Business Centre Administrator
For Rachel, her role is about the finer details, providing high-level administrative and project support to her colleagues across the county as well as overseeing MENTA’s supplier contracts.

Mary Spurling

Business Centre Coordinator
Mary fulfils an integral role in the day-to-day running of MENTA Bury St Edmunds. She is responsible for ensuring all business centre operations run as smoothly as possible for colleagues, partners and clients.

Nick Pandolfi

Marketing Manager
Nick oversees marketing, PR and branding strategy for MENTA. As well as hosting numerous networking events across Suffolk, Nick is a MENTA trainer and coach delivering valuable insight into the world of marketing and the media.

Sarah Faers

Finance Manager
Sarah thrives on the day-to-day management of MENTA’s financial operations, ensuring the team are best prepared to perform their duties across all operations of the business.

John Neild

Enterprise Programme & Contracts Manager
A former Head of Learning Curriculum for RBS, John now leads our enterprise and business start-up team. He is a key contact in business relationships across Norfolk and Suffolk, and is energised by supporting the region’s entrepreneurial community.

Shaun Lowthorpe

Business Trainer
A former journalist and business editor with regional media group Archant Business, Shaun has a longstanding interest in supporting local businesses and is passionate about helping people turn their dreams into reality.

Maggie Kinnear-King

ERDF & Business Centre Administrator
Maggie provides administrative support for various MENTA projects and business activities. She particularly enjoys assisting colleagues with research, as well as helping clients as they start and develop their businesses.

Emma Harrison

ERDF Administrator
With an administrative, co-ordination and project support background, Emma provides assistance for the ERDF Project and other activities within the organisation to support MENTA colleagues and clients.

Phil Pethybridge

MENTA Business Show Producer
With masses of events experience across Europe and the UK, Phil is able to build effective relationships with sponsors, exhibitors, visitors and speakers to ensure the MENTA business show is a fantastic experience for all attending.

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